Trump takes US out of Paris climate deal

Trump takes US out of Paris climate deal

US President Donald Trump has withdrawn the country from the Paris climate accord, prompting widespread criticism from allies and business leaders as America became one of only three nations to oppose the 2015 global pact to combat climate change.

Announcing his decision from the White House Rose Garden, Trump said the Paris accord was an example of an international deal that hurt the US economy, and that he was fulfilling his 'America First' campaign pledge to help American workers, the FT reported.

"I cannot in good conscience support a deal that punishes the US," Mr Trump said as he argued that the Paris agreement would cost as many as 2.7m American jobs. "We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more and they won’t be," he added.